It rains blessings!; Twelve twelve gallery, The Hague

“It rains blessings!” That is easier said than it is experienced. To experience it you may also have to live through the darker sides of life.

Seyran Kirmizitoprak

It rains blessings is the title of one of the works of Wycliffe Mundopa, presently on show at Twelve twelve gallery, together with works by Jeroen Blok and with the remnants of a performance by Seyran Kirmizitoprak.

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They form a remarkable trio exhibition with Kirmizitoprak’s dress and assemblage at the centre or as a kind of pivotal point of the show.

Jeroen Blok

Jeroen Blok

Blok isn’t really putting you back on earth with his somewhat surreal works,……. or is he?

Wycliffe Mundopa

Wycliffe Mundopa

Jeroen Blok

It rains blessings is a wonderful show in this new gallery, bringing together three very different artists, coming from completely different backgrounds, in a way that they really complement each other.

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Jeroen Blok

It probably rains blessings after all.

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Content of the pictures courtesy to the artists and Twelve twelve gallery, Den Haag.

 

Bertus Pieters

Guido Winkler etc. ; A Gallery Named Sue, The Hague

In A Gallery Named Sue’s third floor room are some works by Guido Winkler on show at the moment.

His small works become precious objects that are one with the shadows they cast on the walls.

In the mean time the gallery is preparing for Drawing Now Paris 2017, presenting very delicate works by Hernán Ardila,

very small Dingen (‘Things’) which look like pinned butterflies by Miranda Meijer and

some very intense stuff by Nathalie Duivenvoorden.

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Content of the pictures courtesy to the artists and A Gallery Named Sue, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

The Inside Out, The Outside In; Quartair, The Hague

Quartair presents three artists who co-operate in an installation called The inside out, the outside in.

Merel Noorlander is responsible for the so-called ‘mechanical pop up installations’, which look a bit like chalices opening and closing, Ana Oosting has made clay structures inspired by lichens and Mirko Lazović constructed the salt water basin and sound reproduction.

Noorlander’s objects reflect on the walls, while Oosting’s ceramics cast shadows in the water while slowly being encrusted with salt.

The individuality of the artists is very clear, they each have their own style in the use of their materials, but the installation as a whole works very well and gives the works an extra dimension.

It is good to have this installation in The Hague, so go to Quartair and have a look!

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Content of the pictures courtesy to the artists and Quartair Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Spring of Drawing; Helder, The Hague

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Marena Seeling

Marena Seeling

At first sight Helder’s present show may look unassuming, but to an extent it is a kind of statement about the diversity and combination of drawings it wants to present.

Marena Seeling

Marena Seeling

Romy Muijrers

Romy Muijrers

Romy Muijrers

Romy Muijrers

They range from the works purely drawn from the use of basic graphic techniques, to lyrical or socio-politically motivated drawings.

Romy Muijrers

Romy Muijrers

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Harry Markusse

Harry Markusse

Helder has a special interest in artists who combine thinking and making, technique and lyricism and not in the kind of expressionism that seems to come right from the gut.

Harry Markusse

Harry Markusse

Maryanto

Maryanto

Niels Janssen

Niels Janssen

As such Spring of Drawing shows a great diversity of drawings that combine very well.

Niels Janssen

Niels Janssen

Niels Janssen

Niels Janssen

Guy Vording

Guy Vording

Go and take a look if you don’t believe it (and if you do…).

Guy Vording

Guy Vording

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Helder gallery, The Hague.

Bertus Pieters

Aura Rendón Benger, Rendez-vous à la mer (Rendez-vous by the sea); Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

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Aura Rendón Benger (1989), who graduated from the Royal Academy in the Hague in 2014, has made a site specific work for the panorama room of Museum Beelden aan Zee.

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She made a very interesting and sensual work reflecting the light over the sea, connecting the intimate with the monumental.

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It is a work that has to be experienced, so it’s better to take a look for yourself.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Aura Rendón Benger and Museum Beelden aan Zee.

 

Bertus Pieters

Pablo Picasso, Picasso by the Sea; Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

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Pablo Picasso was by no means a great sculptor.

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Some of his sculptures are quite inventive but he was not a Brancusi or a Giacometti.

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Most of them are three dimensional drawings.

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The same counts for his ceramics, which he used at best as an alternative base to paint on.

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Having said that, the exhibition Picasso by the Sea, which is in its last week at Museum Beelden aan Zee, is quite interesting.

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It doesn’t show great masterpieces, but it does show a rather underexposed aspect of one of the most influential oeuvres both art historically and in the public mind. Enjoy!

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Steef Crombach, Bij wijze van ham (In a manner of ham); Vonkel, The Hague

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In Vonkel gallery Steef Crombach has her first solo show Bij wijze van ham (In a manner of ham).

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In her work she engages both with the commonplace and the local and confronting the intimate with more monumental proportions as she is also doing in real life commuting between the Netherlands and Texas.

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For this show her starting point is the traditional Dutch salad koude schotel (cold dish) basically containing cooked and chilled potatoes with mayonnaise and pickles mixed and garnished with different leftovers of cooked and/or raw food (like ham).

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She shows koude schotel in small, colourful and almost abstract pictures as a common memory and in a more monumental way in batiks.

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As the batiks have the same design on both sides they are strangely transparent and the soft colours are exceptionally bright.

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They are shown against a backdrop of the colours of her working place in Texas.

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Basically the works may look decorative at first sight but have more stories in and around them.

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In spite of (and because of)  the gallery being rather small with a high ceiling, the arrangement  of the intimate and the monumental works very well.

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Content of pictures courtesy to Steef Crombach and Vonkel, The Hague

 

Bertus Pieters

Rinus Van de Velde, About Robert Rino _; Nest, The Hague

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If asked ‘what role do you play as an artist?’ probably many artists will answer ‘my own role!’

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While not denying that, artists presenting their work usually play a role which is well chosen and crafted, constructing a myth with every show.

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In About Robert Rino _ at Nest Rinus Van de Velde (1983) has chosen the fictitious character of the abstract expressionist painter Robert Rino (more than vaguely sounding like Robert De Niro) to create a myth.

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At the same time he deconstructs the myth of the macho artist.

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He tells the story with huge drawings and he shows Rino’s art work, paintings, drawings and ceramics.

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So what is the difference between Van de Velde and Van de Velde as Robert Rino?

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At the moment Van de Velde’s work is also presented at the Gemeentemuseum, but the presentation at Nest is better, simply because the drawings in the museum that cover the walls are protected by reflecting glass which makes it difficult to look at them.

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In Nest that problem isn’t really that big and Nest’s space works obviously better for a narrative like Van de Velde’s.

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Meanwhile Van de Velde’s drawings are the real attraction of the show and the best reason for a visit.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Rinus Van de Velde and Nest.

 

Bertus Pieters